Article 2. Jurisdiction And Powers Of The Board of California Harbors And Navigation Code >> Division 8. >> Part 4. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 2.

The powers of a district established pursuant to this part shall be exercised by the board, by ordinance or resolution passed by a majority vote of the board. All ordinances shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation, printed or published in the county in which the district is situated, at least once before final passage. Franchises and leases for a period of more than ten years shall not be valid, unless authorized by ordinance.
A grant of a franchise or lease of property of the district shall not be made for a longer period than 50 years.
A district may destroy a record pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 60200) of Division 1 of Title 6 of the Government Code.
The district may itself, without letting contracts therefor, do work and make improvements. The work shall be done under the direction of its officers or employees.
An officer of the district, and any of its employees, shall not be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract or transaction with the district; or become surety for the performance of any contract made with or for the district, upon bonds given to the district. An officer or employee of the district shall not receive any commission or thing of value, or derive any profit, benefit, or advantage, directly or indirectly, from or by reason of any dealings with or service for the district by himself or others, except as lawful compensation as such officer or employee. The violation of the provisions of this section by an officer or employee works a forfeiture of his office or employment.
(a) In lieu of the benefits afforded pursuant to Division 4 (commencing with Section 3200) and Division 4.7 (commencing with Section 6200) of the Labor Code, the district may agree to provide workers' compensation benefits to its stevedore employees in amounts, and under such conditions, as would be payable to stevedore employees of private employers pursuant to the Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 901, et seq.).
  (b) Such an agreement shall be binding upon the parties only if it is in writing and signed by the employee and by a representative of the district. It shall acknowledge, in writing, that the benefits agreed upon are authorized by this section and are expressly in lieu of any benefits available under Division 4 (commencing with Section 3200) and Division 4.7 (commencing with Section 6200) of the Labor Code.
  (c) All claims for benefits against the district which are authorized by this section shall be determined pursuant to law and the rules and regulations of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. To the fullest extent possible, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board shall attempt to apply the Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act to employees covered by this section in the same manner as applicable to private employees.
  (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 11779 and 11870 of the Insurance Code or any other provision of law, the State Compensation Insurance Fund or any private insurer may provide insurance coverage for the benefits authorized by this section.